KyAEC Facilitates Successful Partnership
Youth members of the Harlan Co. Cawood Ledford Boys and Girls Club worked to identify seeds during a Kentucky agriculture day camp provided in June 2016. KyAEC is working with KDA and other agriculture partners to provide day camps again this summer.
Statewide winners in the Kentucky Agriculture Poster and Essay Contest were recognized with Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, second from left, and Miss Kentucky Laura Jones, right, between innings of the Lexington Legends game on Friday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)
June is National Dairy Month! What started as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk, National Dairy Month has evolved into a month-long celebration to focus on dairy production and farming, nutrition, and offers an opportunity for whole communities to work together to promote agriculture.
Agriculture and Education Communities Unite to Provide Resources and Workshop to Teachers
Franklin, KY--Agriculture literacy is growing in Simpson County thanks to a partnership between the Simpson County Ag Awareness Committee, Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, and Simpson County Schools. Twenty classrooms are receiving a kit of educational resources that focus on Kentucky agriculture through science, social studies, math, and language arts.
Caring for the environment is the most important job of our farmers and landowners. If we don’t use our natural resources wisely, we may not be able to grow food in the future.
This Earth Day (April 22), plan to use one of these lessons to show how we work to protect our planet!
Kentucky Farm Bureau's Regional Teacher Workshops will be held this June at seven locations across the Commonwealth.
The workshops will highlight a variety of state and national agricultural lessons designed to address Kentucky’s core competences. These thematic lessons and materials will enhance learning retention and help you teach Mathematics, Social Studies, English, and Science through real-life application.
I wanted to “be” a lot of things when I was young to make my mark on the world. Thank goodness no one told me I couldn’t because I was a girl. That’s been on my mind thanks to all the International Women’s Day hubbub.
While the path to my work took a few turns, I really thought I wanted to be a teacher at some point. I loved learning and then passing new things on to my friends and loved ones. I’m sure my little sister got annoyed with our school play dates, as I wanted her four-year-old brain to learn to spell really hard words to impress our parents.
So, I did not become a real, in-the-classroom-for-at-least-36-weeks-of-the-year, teacher. Looking at education through a parent’s eyes, I really don’t think I could handle the emotional intelligence that is required to be with struggling or unpredictable young people each day, and I definitely know I could not handle parents. Hats off to my teacher friends. You are a special breed.
The reality is, however, that most of us in agriculture are educators on a regular basis. We live and breathe it, and we let others know our passion for everything farming contributes to our communities and the world. We can’t live without it, and we get frustrated when so many without any real knowledge of what it takes to produce food, fiber and renewable feedstocks want to dictate how farmers conduct their businesses.
The Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom encourages teachers to integrate agriculture into every day lessons. Let's be honest. We cannot live without it, so why not remind our students how farming touches our lives and will impact their future?
I get it. You may have limited time to deviate from what you are required to teach. BUT, if you can squeeze in just one day to tell your students how our farmers feed, fuel and clothe them, March 21 is the day! Please consider helping us spread the good news about agriculture on National Ag Day by utilizing one of these Kentucky Academic Standards-aligned lessons or resources.
Many of Kentucky's farm organizations offer scholarships to students interested in studying agriculture and related fields. Many have deadlines in late winter, early spring.
With Christmas and the holidays upon us, let's take a look at a natural icon and decoration of the season, the conifer: